“Their death should not have happened, but it did. I’m so sorry that all of this took place. Now I have devastated my family as well, but my heart has grown in the last few minutes because I was forgiven by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kenney, and Ms. Arnot. Thank you. You have given me more hope than I have had in a long time. If I could change things I would, not for my sake but for all those who have loved me over the years, and for those who have forgiven me. Thank you for all that you have given me.”
"I would like to apologize and say I'm sorry but words seem so hollow and cheap," Gallamore said in a handwritten statement distributed after his execution. He had declined to make a final statement from the death chamber gurney. "Their death should not have happened, but it did. I'm so sorry that all of this took place."
— Samuel Gallamore, convicted of murder, lethal injection, Texas.
Executed January 14, 2003
Gallamore was convicted of beating and stabbing Clayton Kenney (eighty-three), his partially paralyzed wife, Juliana (seventy-four), and her daughter, Adrienne Arnot (forty-four). Gallamore had once cared for Juliana in a nursing home. He confessed to police, saying that he and an accomplice had robbed the Kenney family in order to buy drugs. Refusing to say any last words, Gallamore had his written statement distributed after his execution.
In 1992 Gallamore and accomplice James John Steiner drove to the residence of Verle Clayton Kenney, his wife Julianna Kenney, and their daughter Adrienne Arnot, for the purpose of robbing them.
Steiner had previously cared for Mrs. Kenney at a nursing home and hid while Gallamore went to the door. 44 year old Arnot answered and both men rushed inside.
They immediately began beating her and her 83 year old father with a tire iron and tree branch. They got a knife from the kitchen and Gallamore stabbed Arnot in the neck.
In all, Arnot suffered 12 blunt force blows to her head and face, and 14 blunt force blows to her upper extremities.
Gallamore discovered Mrs. Kenney, partially paralyzed, immobile in a chair, and unable to defend herself. Gallamore, wielding the kitchen knife, stabbed Mrs. Kenney in the neck and beat her so powerfully that it caused a gaping hole in her skull measuring 7 inches long by 2 inches wide. All three victims died.
Two taped confessions by Gallamore detailing the crime were admitted at trial. Gallamore claimed that he and Steiner were on a 2 week speed binge at the time. Steiner was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.